Holiday Extended Week End Chat.... All Members Invited!!! Dec 23 - 26, 2016

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This is an ongoing "Chat" post that can be added to throughout the weekend.  All members of WikiTree are encouraged to join in, especially first-timers!


Hi Gang.....Happy Holidays!


Say Hello and introduce yourself... where are you from and what are your interests?


Any special holiday plans?


Leaders, Mentors, Greeters, Pilots - What tips can you share with us today?


What improvements can we make?


What do you enjoy most about WikiTree?


Do you have any stories to share about famous or notorius ancestors?


What projects are you involved in, and how are they going?


What's the weather been like in your neck-of-the-woods?


... anything that you want to talk about!



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in The Tree House by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
Will no doubt add something over the holiday weekend....

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To all my friends & future friends on Wikitree....Happy Holidays.

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by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Harpy holiday to you to great photo merry Christmas
Merry Christmas, Doug! Thanks for the lovely card.
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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Winter Solstice, and/or Happy Boxing Day, to all our WikiTree members from Santa, Dorothy B. and Lexie, my border collie!!!!

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
Wonderful photo of you santa and your wonderful dog, merry Christmas

Smoochie likes your Border Collie!

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YGorgeous kitty you have here is Emma 

Ahhh, our animal family, beautiful kitty Doug, looks like a snowy day out there. And what a nice pose for Emma, did she get a treat afterwards Susan??
How did you guess that Dorothy, yes she did get a treat

Yes Dougs kitty are wonderful and so are your Lexie

Animal really makes you so happy don't you think so Dorothy
Yes I do Susan!

Another good thing about these animals, is that some are actually service animals, helping its owner with either a medical issue or some type emotional or PTSD situation. Working with veterans I see that alot!!
How righ you are Dorothy they are certainly a persons best friend.

What and interesting work you have Dorothy
These are great pictures of your pets!  Thanks for sharing, Dorothy, Doug and Susan.
Thank you for your kind words about the pets Star, that was very sweet.
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We actually got a live tree! It is only about 1 foot tall, but it is a Dwarf Alberta Spruce. I found some LED lights and someone gave us some small ornaments but decorating it is not my favorite thing to do because My hands break out and start swelling when I touch the needles. We will be planting it outside in a couple of months and should be able to enjoy it for years to come. I reached one of my goals for the year here, all of the profiles on my watch list have been edited in the last year. With the recent changes made here I should have no problem making at least one change to all of them in the next year but I hope to do deeper research into the one's most important to me and get them in much better shape. That being said I also plan to cut back here and renew some of my activities in some of my other hobbies like Ham Radio and Photography as well as travel more and spend time with the grandchildren.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
I just saw that there are 7 genealogy programs starting in our local library in March, April, and May. I am going to check at least a couple of them out.
Merry Christmas Dale. I bought a live "table" tree in the grocery store last year. I don't think it's hardy here, so I set it on the floor by the deck doors and remembered to water it occasionally. It's still alive a year later and grew about six inches, so I'm using it again.
Congratulations on completing your goal, Dale.  I need to follow your example and set that as my New Year's resolution.
Star, set your own goals and do not follow mine. Mine were made for a selfish reason and I had to cut some corners to achieve it. Over the 2017 calendar year my goal is to reduce my watchlist even further by eliminating all profiles that are not direct ancestors or second cousins at the most when privacy allows and to add better quality information to all that are left.
Anne, My father bought this tree on our trip to Pennsylvania Tuesday and it will grow outside in our climate. it can reach a height of 8 feet but is very slow growing, it will take about 35 years to attain that height, and we plan on planting it in the yard this spring. there is also talk about getting another one next year, we will see, I still break out when touching the needles so I am trying to go a different route.
Merry Christmas Dale, wonderful you complete your goal, bet you feel good about that

Best wishes Susan
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Like to wish all wikkitree member a merry Christmas the photo are taken in Tivol garden in Copenhagen where there are so much decorations it is like fairy tales, hope you will enjoy the holiday and may all your wish come true in 2017 


by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.8m points)
edited by Doug Lockwood
Merry Christmas, Susan! You didn't include a picture, so I googled Tivoli Gardens and it does look like a beautiful place.  I only saw one Christmas picture, though.
Merry Christmas Star, I wonder if it is every body that can't se the photo because I can se it, I try to log out and I still can se the photo, it took me a long time to work it out, Doug was kind to explain it for me.

I put it on my profile too well thank you for telling me

Merry Christmas from Susan
Merry Christmas Susan
Thank you Doug and merry Christmas to you too, Thank you I can se you put my photo on how very kind of you, I am very grateful

Merry Christmas from Susan
Thanks for the picture, Susan. And thanks to Doug for his help getting it posted.
You are most welcome, that is the wonderful with being wikkitree, there are always a kind  wikkitree member that help out, that is why I love wikkitree like having a big family.

I actually work out with the photo so I put Emma on here.

Merry Christmas from Susan
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Greetings to all WikiTree members from sunny Florida!

It will be another quiet holiday for me. Most of my family, kids and grand kids, will be visiting other relations in different areas this weekend. So, I will be doing a solo act. :) Feeling a bit melancholy, missing my husband of 33 years. He passed 3 years ago. Also missing my folks, who are also gone now. I'll probably spend the weekend reading, listening to music, maybe do some research, write a bit and color, which is a favorite thing of mine to do.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very blessed and joyful holiday weekend. Merry Christmas!!

Blaire Howell Christman
by Blaire Christman G2G6 Mach 1 (14.8k points)
All my best wishes to you......
Merry Christmas Blaire and wikitree hugs.
merry Christmas on sunny Florida how wonderful wish I was there

Best wishes Susan from cold Denmark
Thank you for the kind wishes, Blaire. Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Christmas.
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Pohutukawa tree, New Zealand

Harakoa Kirihimete

Merry Christmas to everyone on WikiTree, it's going to be a magnificent day to play some cricket with friends and have a BBQ on Christmas day. 


Campbell Braddock

by Campbell Braddock G2G6 Mach 5 (57.0k points)
What no twinkling lights? But, I could definitely reserve a spot at that picnic table. There's a cemetery nearby with a picnic table, but I'd have to shovel off the snow and melt the ice.
What a beautiful picnic spot!
Christmas lights are not common in New Zealand compared to other countries, about 6 houses in my town has them and everyone else says it's light pollution and rather see the night sky with the southern cross.
I had a white Christmas once when I was 4 years old, because we lived in central Otago high country, it snowed day before Christmas in the middle of summer. But where I live now, Oamaru doesn't even receive snow in the winter!

Merry Christmas Abby and Star.
Lovely pohutukawa, Campbell. As you know, it doesn't get dark in NZ until 9pm or later the further south you go. The need for Christmas lights is not so important as there's such a short time of darkness before everyone is in bed. Hope you've had a great Christmas and don't get too sunburnt.
great photo...
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Just for fun, I thought I would look for Santa Claus in the census records.  When I found him in Missouri in 1930 and 1940, I created a WikiTree profile and asked if anyone could connect Santa to our family tree.  Carol Keeling connected him, so now we can say we're all connected to Santa.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (547k points)
merry Christmas Star, what a wonderful story

Best wishes Susan
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Happy Hanukkah!

We're celebrating the first night of Hanukkah. The kids are all wired up because we decided to open all the gifts on the first night this year, instead of spreading them out over the eight days. The weather is beautiful at our house, it was 66 F earlier today : )
by Kari Wentworth G2G6 (9.5k points)
Happy Hanukkah, Kari! I hope your family enjoys every night of the holiday.
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Merry Christmas from the Netherlands for all of you wonderful Wiki Tree friends, it was an amazing year ! 


by Bea Wijma G2G6 Pilot (282k points)

What a lovely picture, Bea! I love the heart across them. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas in the Netherlands.

Thank you Star, All the same for you ! 

We had a wonderful day at our sons place (he is the one standing in this picture, the little boy is our youngest son and the girls on the left, right and at the other side of the table are our three daughters (and their sisters ;) ) 

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Christmas Greetings from Brightlingsea, Essex, England

It has been a busy day as I am delegated cook for the day. Cooking Roast Turkey meant an early start on lunch - 7.45am for lunch at 1.15pm.

Having a quiet day at home though it is my birthday today, which I tend to forget that it is my birthday.

Plan to spend a bit of time on Wikitree - i am keen to connect up my Jefferies profiles in Brightlingsea. So maybe have a look at this over the holiday.

Am finding this fascinating in particular the local connections I am finding. Though have plenty to do - also have photos on and have a great many to add to my collection the

More next time ..........

All good wishes

Chris Burrow
by Chris Burrow G2G6 Pilot (149k points)

Happy Birthday, Chris!  Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Christmas in Brightlingsea.

Many thanks for the kind wishes Star....
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Merry Christmas from sunny Massachusetts! The snow we had is nearly melted, but there is just enough here and there to make it seem Christmasy outdoors.

I'm still waiting for family to arrive, so I've been prepping food and tidying up a bit. I worked on adding profiles last night though!

So happy to have joined WT this year!
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (837k points)

Merry Christmas, Natalie!  I'm glad there's at least a little snow for Christmas in Massachusetts.  There's no snow here in Washington, DC.

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Merry Christmas everyone! :) Below is a link to one of my family Christmas photos! :)

Didn't do all that much genealogy yet this weekend BUT did get some Cricut items done.. Christmas cards for next weekend for my aunts, add years to my Georgia Wine Hwy Weekend glasses! :)

Enjoyed a great morning and breakfast with my family. Later today we will be going over to my cousin's to enjoy more.

Hope you all have a great time with those you love!
by Charlotte Shockey G2G6 Pilot (945k points)
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I reached my goal of 1000 contributions just in time for the holidays and even managed to edit a few of my profiles!

For Christmas, it will be a quiet year with my sons and I. Between two sons in college while they work full time and my illness, we are just glad to have the day to ourselves where we don't have any responsibilities.  So today is a day for no chores, no errands, no cooking!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and may all your genealogy wishes come true!  Hold your loved ones close because they are the most important tangible part of Christmas.  Everything else is just stuff.
by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (790k points)
Thank you for the wonderful wishes and the words of wisdom, Emma. Glad to hear that you and your sons are spending some quality time together. Merry Christmas to all of you!
Thank you Star!
A merry Christmas to you too, hope you will have and amazing 2017

Best wishes Susan

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